Donegal International Rally
Carbon Positive Motorsport ambassador Matt Edwards made a spectacular impression on his very first Donegal International Rally last weekend.
After a fierce battle with Callum Devine ended on the final morning when Devine missed his braking and smacked a haybale, damaging his radiator beyond repair, Matt found himself challenging for victory in a new car and with a new co-driver.
But then it all went wrong on a fifth-gear corner. “We hit a kerb hidden in the grass on a right-hander and that seemingly took a little nick out the rim and the tire’s gone down instantly, so we didn’t make the next left,” Matt told DirtFish. “We got most of the way round the corner but ran out of the road because the right-front was flat,” he added, “and then we hit a straw bale that was protecting a big concrete block which was in turn protecting a stone-wall driveway entrance.”
The Citroën C3 Rally2 was a write-off, and both he and co-driver Dave Moynihan were injured. Matt broke a few ribs and bruised a lung, while Dave broke some ribs, his shoulder and suffered a hip fracture.
Photo Gerry Harrigan of D Harrigan
Matt added, “I’m relieved to be home this morning after an eventful week to say the least. There was a career high stage time in the legedary Knockalla, to a career low the following morning. That said, with the strength and support of everyone involved at the scene and around us before and after we will be back.
"Huge thanks to all our Sponsors for the incredible effort in getting us there, Crozier Motorsport and Darren Gass for a very very strong car and superb team that allowed us to fight for victory with the odds stacked against us, and last but not least Dave Moynihan. Some effort to get us there let alone do the job you did from stage 1 all the way through. Ultimate class and a mega family behind the scenes too. Just gutted it ended how it did."
Read about what happened at DirtFish
We wish Matt and Dave all the best for a speedy recovery.
Kielder Forest Rally
Carbon Positive Motorsport competitor Brett Murray tackled his first ever event in Kielder last weekend. The Hexham-based Kielder Forest Rally was a round of the MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally series, and Brett was competing with his dad Andy on the notes in their MGZR. Only coming to rallying just as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded, the rally was only the 10th event in three years for the Bedfordshire-based rally crew.
The crew were delighted to make it to the finish of the notoriusly tough event.
Photo Brett Murray
Brett told us, “I was faster in the morning but seeing the carnage unfold slowed me up by the afternoon - I just wanted to take my car home in one piece! We finished 4th in class and 62nd overall, but our main achievement is we survived "killer Kielder" maintaining our 100% finishing record!”
Congratulations to Brett and Andy. Follow their adventures on facebook @brettmurrayrallying
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